'Tech Up' helps nontraditional students with technology concerns

Updated 18 weeks ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - "Tech Up," a program designed to help nontraditional students succeed at Marshall University by being technologically up to speed by the time they take their first course, is being offered at MU for the second consecutive year.

Steve Hensley, dean of student affairs at Marshall, said many of MU's students, particularly those who have been out of school for a few years, are not as tech-savvy as they would like - or need - to be.

"Tech Up is designed for students of the generation before technology was an everyday part of our lives," Hensley said. "Sometimes, students who are a little older come back to school and have good learning abilities and they're going to be great students, but they don't have the technology expertise in negotiating the electronic environment we find in many classes."

Many people, Hensley said, don't know the basics simply because they never had to use computers before in their everyday lives.

"Sometimes it's as simple as using e-mail, and Blackboard (a global technology company used for online course delivery at Marshall) e-mail is a step beyond that," Hensley said. "So, we start with the very basic levels of how to access Marshall e-mail and the Marshall web page and we go from there. We kind of give students a short course in utilizing technology."

Last year, about 25 students attended the Tech Up sessions, Hensley said.

"The students who participated reported that they learned a lot and they felt very confident in their ability to do what they do online," Hensley said. "For one thing, the classes are conducted in a computer lab; it's not just talking to people, it's them actually doing it themselves. And, our computing people enjoy helping people get teched up."

IT (Information Technology) personnel will conduct the "Tech Up" sessions. They are scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 (during the Week of Welcome), in Drinko Library 138; and, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 (during the first week of classes), also in Drinko 138.

To reserve a space, students may call the Office of Student Affairs at 304-696-6422, or e-mail studentaffairs@marshall.edu.
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